Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
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Sugarcane whitefly (245)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Widespread distribution. Asia, Africa, Oceania. On sugarcane, bamboo, sorghum and grasses. A minor pest.
  • Light green egg masses on undersides of leaves; oval brown nymphs; adults with black bands on wings. Produce honeydew; ants often present attracted to the honeydew excreta.
  • Biocontrol: several tiny wasps, and ladybird beetles; but natural enemies need ant removal to be effective.
  • Cultural control: destroy ant colonies with hot water.
  • Chemical control: use soap, white or horticultural oils. Use synthetic pyrethroids to kill ants.

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